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BOOST Your Brainpower!

You know that time. It’s 2PM and your brain starts to feels like mush while your thoughts begin to wander.

Then you think to yourself, “What do we have in the snack drawer today?”

You mosey over to the kitchen, say “hi” to some of your colleagues along the way, and dive into the snack drawer. You stare for a bit at the selection and then grab whatever’s in your reach (in my case, Famous Amos cookies).

Five minutes and two bags of cookies later you arrive back at your desk STILL starving and distracted.

That’s where the brain food comes in!

Eating well is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health. Just like the rest of your body, your brain needs essential vitamins and nutrients to function best.

Take a glimpse below at some of our favorite foods that help BOOST your brainpower!

 

1. Beets

Chow down on this root vegetable to increase blood flow to the brain and improve your mental performance.

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These recipes can’t be BEET: 30 Beet Dishes That’ll Convince You to Try a New Recipe

 

2. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a natural energy booster that can improve cognitive function and memory. It contains caffeine and other stimulants that will increase your endorphins and give you a quick pick me up. Bonus: Cacao is the most antioxidant-rich food in the world. It contains 20x more antioxidants than green tea. Triumph of the Chocoholics!

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As if you needed a reason to try a chocolate recipe: 58 Healthy Chocolate Recipes You’ll Fall Head Over Heels in Love For

 

3. Chia Seeds

These small seeds pack a lot of punch. Chia seeds are high in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, containing healthy fats to oil the body and mind.

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Make it rain chia seeds with one of these recipes: 21 Chia Seed Recipes You’re Going to Crave

 

4. Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Although both are high in fat, peanuts and peanut butter are a source of the good kind of fat. Because of it’s large amounts of protein and fiber, eating peanut butter can actually make you feel fuller for longer. Meaning less craving unhealthy snacks. Add on lowering the risks of colon cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more. Did I mention it can also help you lose weight?

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Slather it on with one of these yummy, yet healthy recipes: 10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes

5 minute Superfood Protein Peanut Butter Energy Bites

 

5. Freshly Brewed Tea

Two to three cups a day of freshly brewed tea — hot or iced — contains a modest amount of caffeine which can boost brain power by enhancing memory, focus, and mood. Tea also has powerful antioxidants, which promote healthy blood flow.

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Go for some much needed Tea Time with a taste-TEA recipe from this list: 10 Health Boosting Herbal Teas

 

6. Tomatoes

There’s evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes could help protect against free radical damage to cells that occurs in the development of dementia.

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Paint your kitchen red with one of these delectable recipes: Tomato Recipes

Balsamic Tomato Toast

 

7. Spinach

Super food to the rescue! Spinach is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. The iron in spinach is key for energy production. Add some to your lunch to avoid the afternoon slump altogether.

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Try these Popeye approved recipes: 19 Fresh Spinach Recipes

 

8. Oily Fish

The most effective omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA. These fats are important for healthy brain function, the heart, joints, and our general wellbeing.

Go fish with one of these recipes (just don’t heat it up in the office microwave): Top 10 Oily Fish Recipes

Healthy Tuna Pasta Salad

Sushi Roll Salad

 

9. Red Wine

Red wine is rich in polyphenols that may actually boost brain blood flow (we’re not making this up). Studies have shown that people who consume moderate amounts of red wine may be at reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Try one of these red wine pairings (after work hours only… of course) Mastering the Art of Wine and Food Pairings

 

Check out this story on Steller.co: Boost Your Brain Power